Two elderly women in horror crash
TWO elderly women were last night fighting for their lives following a serious head-on accident on the Pacific Highway at Warrell Creek.
A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said the two women, believed to be aged in their 70s to 80s, were airlifted to Coffs Harbour hospital suffering multiple injuries.
The women, who were travelling in the same vehicle, were both listed in critical conditions.
Police said the driver of the other vehicle was transported to hospital with minor injuries to undergo mandatory blood and urine tests.
The accident near the Warrell Creek Sawmill – six kilometres south of Macksville at 2.55pm – blocked both lanes of the highway for almost two-and-a-half hours.
Emergency services spent an hour freeing the occupants as the Westpac Life Saver Helicopter was called to the scene.
Light vehicles were diverted via the Old Warrell Creek Road while trucks queued in both directions.
The highway was cleared at 5.25pm on completion of the police crash scene investigation and subsequent salvage effort.
Heavy vehicles were banked up three kilometres on either side of the crash scene.
Traffic delays were experienced at Macksville, Nambucca Heads, Urunga and Coffs Harbour due to the large number of heavy vehicles travelling north.